Some of the participants of the Brunei December Festival at the press conference recently. Image: Azrina Zin

The Brunei December Festival is slated to be back for its third installment this year, showcasing more than 40 activities that expected to attract more visitors into the country.

The month-long festival has attracted a total of around 173,000 domestic and international visitors last year, surpassing 40,000 visitors in 2017.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi Hj Mohammad Ali who is also Secretary of the Brunei Tourism Board said that the number of domestic and international visitors has been on the rise in recent years thanks to the variety of events in the festival.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi Hj Mohammad Ali who is also Secretary of the Brunei Tourism Board during the Brunei December Festival press conference. Image: The Bruneian

Whether you’re a foodie, art enthusiast, sports fanatic, or a music lover, the festival has got you covered.

Many exciting activities ranging from food festival, culture and creative arts, Islamic festivals, sports and adventure, recreation and shopping are being held at the annual event.

As part of their ongoing efforts to promote and extend a platform to local talents, Big BWN has rounded up a series of exciting events that will be ongoing throughout Brunei December Festival.

Big BWN will be featuring additional new events, including “Play – Turning Fiction into Reality” – a pop culture convention featuring local illustrators, artists and comic fans.

In addition to that, Big BWN will also be introducing “Reka”, a festival showcasing different elements of Bruneian Culture and Arts from Traditional Kite Making, Jongsarat demonstration, “Tarian Asli” showcase, Keris display and many more.

Some of the participating vendors for the upcoming Brunei December Festival with Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi Hj Mohammad Ali who is also Secretary of the Brunei Tourism Board (C). Image: Azrina Zin

This year, art lovers are spoiled for choices as the number of art activities are on a rise.

The festival will be featuring an art exhibition titled “The School of Paris between Montmatre and Montparnasse and the Current European Artists”.

On her part, local artist Huifong Ng who will be curating the exhibition said that the prestigious exhibition is the first in Brunei.

“The exhibition showcases rare artworks by great artists like Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hébuterne from the 20th century, as well as artwork from current and recent art masters from Italy and France,” she said.

Huifong hopes that events such as this will further attract locals as well as art enthusiasts from around the region to visit the art exhibitions in Brunei.

Some of the participating vendors for the upcoming Brunei December Festival in a press conference. Image: Azrina Zin

Moreover, Jerudong Park Playground will have a month-long display of floral structure and popular landmarks in the country to create awareness of the nature and beauty that Brunei has to offer.

JPCC Assistant Officer in Sales, Marketing and Events Nordiyana Abd Lamit further said that they will also have plans to collaborate with Fun Block for a children’s concert themed on the popular “Baby Shark”.

Furthermore, the Brunei December Festival is also organised to coincide with the annual Brunei Salebration to encourage local residents to spend in the country which will spur the domestic economy and increase business opportunities for SMEs.

For more information and upcoming on the list of events available, check out Brunei Tourism website buneitourism.com and www.brunei.events.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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